Blood Simple -Film Review

January 13, 2014 : 12:21 am | by Chelsea Fearn

Blood Simple (1984)

Set in a small town in Texas, Blood Simple (1984), directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, tells the story of a fatal love affair. A jealous husband, Marty (Dan Hedaya), seeks revenge on his unfaithful wife, Abby (Frances McDormand), by hiring a private investigator (M. Emmet Walsh) to kill his wife Abby, and her lover, Ray (John Getz).

The film starts off slow with an opening scene of barren Texas and as the story unfolds the viewer is introduced to ordinary characters leading simple lives. This film is anything but ordinary. The plot twists and turns keeping the viewer intrigued.

A sense of excitement is maintained throughout the film with the use of a soundtrack. Although the film does not have the most notable songs, the sound effects add to the thrill. The sound of a shovel being dragged against asphalt does enough to make anyone shiver.

The Coen brothers do an excellent job filming the movie, using interesting camera angles making you, the viewer, feel as though you are in the film itself.

Simple characters are intertwined into a complex plot. Each character has their own set of problems making them relatable to the viewer. However, what they are going through and what they are faced with is something of the unusual sort.

Blood Simple fits the definition of a thriller perfectly. The amount of information given to the viewer is just enough to keep you wanting more but not enough to give anything away. As the plot thickens the story is far from being simple. I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation and excitement wondering what was going to happen next. I found myself continuing to think about the film long after it was over. I had to watch the film at least twice to completely understand it. In all its complexity it’s the little details that make Blood Simple a great debut feature.

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One Response to “Blood Simple -Film Review”

  1. Nathan Andersen Says:

    A deliciously dark film noir and an amazing debut.

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